gradualism

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gradualism

(grăj′o͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
2. Biology The view that evolution proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.

grad′u·al·ist n.
grad′u·al·is′tic adj.